Fly Fishing Clubs
As I mentioned last week I recently relocated to a new state. It's been kind of tough on me because I had become a bit of an expert (or at least I didn't get lost mumbling too often) on the waters where I was and now I'm having to learn all new water and learning new water is coming with some lumps and fishless excursions. I think I figured out how to accelerate the learning process though - attend local club meetings.
I was surprised by the turnout at the local fly fishing club's monthly meeting this week. Probably about 150 people there and they were largely like me - river bums! They have excursions, fishing reports, instructional events, service projects to help the local waters, informational materials, and mostly just good folks willing to share at least a few of their favorite spots and fish tales.
Joining your local fly fishing club is a great chance to give something to this sport we all love and to get the help of a good fly fishing network. Even if you aren't new to your area I really suggest joining and participating in your local club. If there isn't one or if it isn't really rolling then do your part to get it going. The benefits far outweigh the effort you may have to put in and when you do good stuff for the fishing and anglers in your area I do believe that you get more out of it in return and more enjoyment from your own fishing in the areas you help to improve.